Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Business and IT need better communications

Maryanne Coughlin states: "both business and IT executives must improve their communication and the level of visibility into each others' domains".

As a businessman, I have taken the initiative to study the highly complex field of IT, again, as always, from a writer's point of view, examining the structure of discourse, the terminology, the essential concerns of IT.

My wife's an accountant, so, with my study of IT Audit and Control, I'm bridging the worlds of auditing, corporate responsibility, written communications, intranet blogs, collab platforms, malware defense, network security, and compliance with Sarabanes-Oxley.''

Regarding Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, a Federal response to Enron, Arthur Anderson, etc., it's been called "a major reform package mandating the most far-reaching changes Congress has imposed on the business world since the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 and the SEC Act of the 1930s." (Information Technology Control and Audit, Frederick Gallegos, et al, Auerbach Publications, 2004, p. 10)

I seek to discover way to facilitate communications between business management and IT, for increasingly, IT is of domineering importance, even more so that conventional business theory has even predicted. A weak IT department means a company with competitive disadvantages and fatal operational vulnerabilities.

By comprehending IT, auditing, management, and corporate communications, I am well positioned to serve clients in accomplishing their corporate goals.

Chasm between Business and IT Executives continues to Hinder Performance, says IDC

IDC - February 9, 2006


According to an IDC study of twenty top business executives from large U.S. companies, the chasm separating business and IT executives continues to hinder business performance and IT initiatives within many organizations.

Citing business and IT communication as the primary factor that deters the success of IT initiatives at his company, one specialty chemical executive said, "The business wants one thing and IT thinks they delivered, but it turns out to be something different because we had a communication gap."

While the study participants uniformly expressed deep concern and frustration with the business-IT divide, IDC believes that successful business/IT alignment is certainly achievable through organizational changes that foster bilateral communication and collaboration among business and IT executives.

In this new study, IDC also identifies opportunities for services and software vendors to create solutions that support business and IT synergy.

Maryanne Coughlin, director of IDC's Global Services Model and Forecast Management added, "As IT becomes increasingly integrated into the business, both business and IT executives must improve their communication and the level of visibility into each others' domains to better align for the good of the enterprise. This presents an array of opportunities for both software and services vendors to address and facilitate."

The IDC study, U.S. Business Executive Perspectives: Critical Business Drivers, IT Challenges, and Vendor Opportunities for Improvement, examines the findings from in-depth, one-on-one interviews with 20 senior U.S. business executives.


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